When You’re Healthy, So Is Your Bank Account

October has begun which for many people means food. Halloween candy is just the start of the weight gain season. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, followed by Christmas and all of the delicious home cooked food that comes with it. That’s why now is a great time to start a diet and exercise program, so you can enjoy the holidays without the guilt.

And if that’s not enough, you can take motivation from knowing that when you work hard to be in shape, you’re saving a lot of money in the process. Now everyone knows that the healthy stuff at the grocery store costs a little bit more, right? However, in the long run being in shape reduces risk of disease, gives you more energy, and a longer life. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, here’s a few ways being in shape saves you money that you may not have considered, courtesy of Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions.

wefefeSaving Money on Clothes

For those of us who find themselves going up and down a clothing size every six months, you know the cost of new clothing can really start to add up. By adhering to an exercise and sensible diet routine, you can keep your weight and clothing size consistent which means you’ll be able to wear those $40 blue jeans longer.

Pharmacy Costs

Adults aged 18-64 who participate in regular physical activity will decrease their risk of chronic health conditions greatly. Everything from heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure will be kept at bay which means less money spent at the pharmacy, but did you know increased activity level is also linked to better sleep habits, which saves you money on sleep aids and headache medication?

Grocery Store Woes

Now as I said earlier, everyone knows the healthy food costs more than the junk right? What you don’t consider is that when you eat healthy over junk food, you’re likely to eat less. So while it’s true one box of cookies costs less than the bag of fresh spinach, let’s be honest. You’re not just getting one box. Opting the healthy way not only makes the food you get better, but you’ll eat less and avoid that groggy, bloated feel. Developing good eating habits will also make you less likely to make those late night trips to the fast food restaurant on the corner, that really add up to a lot of cash.

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Bottom line being healthy can improve your life in ways you may have never considered.  At Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions, Dr. Barnes has long helped patients in the Dallas and Fort Worth area fight obesity.  For more information visit http://www.barnesweightlossurgery.com or call 214.506.2660 to schedule a free consultation.

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Dr. Barnes presents Jim’s Success Story

From time to time, Dr. Gregory Barnes encourages his patients to share their experiences with others who are considering medical procedures. Individuals considering Bariatric Surgery, or any type of surgery, the more information they have available enables that individual to feel more comfortable and feel they have made the right decision.

Not only is choosing the right procedure and important decision, but choosing the right surgeon can make all the difference in the world. On behalf of Dr. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions, we proudly present Jim’s story. Please enjoy as he shares his thoughts and experiences in his own words.

Jim’s Before Picture

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“I began my journey toward a healthy life on September 14, 2010 when I made my first visit to Dr. Barnes. At the time I had reached my point of surrender with my constant weight problem that I had experienced for 56 years. In the last 5 of those years my weight had ballooned to 469 pounds. I was miserable. I had diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and chronic knee problems.

On that day of my first visit with Dr. Barnes he gave me hope like I had never had before. He gave me some instructions on what I needed to do to prepare for the Roux-N-Y Gastric Bypass and I began following his instructions. My biggest fear with the surgery was that after the surgery, I would constantly be hungry but have a physical limitation with eating to satisfaction. Even with this fear, I was desperate for a change in my life and on that day the change began.

ImageDr. Barnes wanted me to lose 30 pounds before my surgery and I was successful at losing 60. I had my surgery on February 7, 2011 and experienced no problems whatsoever. My greatest fear did not become realized—quite the opposite. I began to get full after just a few small bites of food. 

Between February 7, 2011 and November, 2011, I lost 209 pounds and compared to the 469 pounds I weighted on that first visit to Dr. Barnes, the total weight loss is 269 pounds. On Thanksgiving, 2011, my weight was 210 pounds. I have maintained that same weight for almost two years now. I still do what Dr. Barnes tells me to do. As long as I do, I should be able to maintain 210 pounds.

My message to the morbidly obese is simply this: Face your fears, vocalize them to someone, walk through those fears and find your own point of surrender. You can find that a surrender can actually lead to a victory.

After the surgery:

My diabetes went away. My high blood pressure went away. My high cholesterol went away. My sleep apnea went away. My knee problems went away. My attitude and zest for live improved dramatically.

My surrender became a victory. God Bless Dr. Barnes and his staff—they gave me back my life.” – Jim M.

Jim’s story is one of many successful stories from patients of Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions. If you would like more information about Dr. Barnes and his practice you can visit http://www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com

You can also contact his staff and schedule a free consultation by calling 214-506-2660 or 817-506-4360. Dr. Barnes has clinics in Dallas, Plano, and Ft. Worth, Texas.

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Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions Congratulates Vickie McCombs: A Story of Survival

My name is Vickie McCombs and my weight issues started when I was just four years old.

By the time I was in first grade I was a chubby little girl and was made fun of all through school. My mother was an excellent cook and fried everything. She also made all my clothes but before she could get them sewn up I would have gained weight. I can still hear her saying if you don’t stop eating so much no one is going to want to marry a fat girl. I’m sure she didn’t mean it the way it sounded but her words would echo in my ears all my life. The summer before my 5th grade year, I went on my first diet. I ate cottage cheese and carrots for 3 months. And that started my weight going up and down all through school.

I did manage to starve long enough to get married to the most amazing man. For thirty years he has watched me struggle with this disease. No matter how much it cost, he was always there for me. Through all the tears and sweat he supported me no matter what. He loved me when I couldn’t love my self.

ImageI gained seventy pounds with our first baby, that put me at 200 pounds and at 5’1″ I was as big around as I was tall. That started me on diet pills and I was doing great, had lost 30 pounds in two months and found myself pregnant again. Well I gained forty with her, so now I’m 210. Back to the diet pills but they didn’t work as well as they did the first time. So I tried everything on TV and every fad diet that came along. I could lose weight but keeping it off was something else. I put my family through a lot with my addiction and my self-esteem hit rock bottom and my mother’s words echoing, I became a mind reader thinking I knew what people were thinking when they looked at me.

In 2001 I checked into weight lost surgery but our insurance wouldn’t pay. I became more depressed and had gained more weight and hated myself. I did not want to see anyone from my past. I now weighed 245. In 2005 I saw an ad for a weight lost seminar and asked my husband to take me. I met Dr. Barnes and got my insurance approval in May and had my surgery on the 25th. Dr. Barnes told me, I can fix your stomach but I can’t fix your mind. It’s 10% surgery and 90% you. It’s a life time change not a quick fix. I read labels on everything I pick up and if it’s not healthy I put it back. As my weight started coming off I felt like a caterpillar that was changing into a beautiful butterfly. For the first time in my life, I love being me. I want to do the things as a skinny person that I would not allow myself to do as a fat person.

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I did my first half marathon in 2009 and I’ve done 3 more since then and a ton of 5, 10 and 15k’s and am thinking about a full marathon by the time I’m 60 and that is next year. I’m a walker not a runner so no excuses not to just go do it.

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There is nothing in this world that tastes as good as skinny feels.

I will always have this disease and will always work on it every day.

For I am a survivor of obesity!

From time to time, Dr. Gregory Barnes encourages his patients to share their experiences with others who are considering medical procedures. He feels that if individuals considering Bariatric Surgery, or for that matter any type of surgery, the more information someone has the more comfortable they will feel that they have made the right decision. Not only is choosing the right procedure an important decision, but choosing the right surgeon can make all of the difference in the world.

For more information on Dr. Barnes and Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions visit http://www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com or you can contact his staff and schedule a free consultation by calling 214.506.2660 and visit his locations in Dallas, Plano, or Ft. Worth Texas.

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Controlling & Eliminating Diabetes

Dr. Barnes of Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions has long helped patients in the Dallas and Fort Worth area fight morbid obesity.  He is an experienced, board certified, compassionate surgeon who offers a variety of effective surgical procedures to help people lose weight enabling them to live a healthier, more productive life and feel more confident about their appearance.

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Researchers out of Lund University studied hormonal and metabolite profiles in 4 patients, who had received gastric bypass surgery, following the administration of identical nutrient intake in preoperative and postoperative scenarios. To simulate the preoperative scenario, a gastronomy tube was inserted to deliver the nutrients to the bypassed stomach.

Each of the four patients were given a mixed meal test orally at first, allowing the nutrients to follow the route of the gastric bypass as part of the postoperative scenario. Separated by an overnight and 2hr fasting time period, the mixed meal test was administered through the gastronomy tube to simulate the preoperative scenario. Blood samples were analyzed following each meal administration and the hormones and metabolites were assessed for comparison.

The results, as reported by the authors, showed a 4.6-fold increase in plasma insulin, a 2-fold in glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), and a 2.5-fold in glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide when the nutrients were given orally to follow the gastric bypass route compared to the gastronomy tube administration. Higher levels of branched chain amino acids and suppressed levels of fatty acids were measured from the gastric bypass route compared to the gastronomy tube.

The authors concluded that the increased secretion of insulin and incretin hormones following meal administration may explain the suppression of diabetes symptoms in gastric bypass patients. This better understanding of digestion following gastric bypass surgery may shed light on new methods of improving glycemic control for the treatment of diabetes.

The complete article can be found How Gastric Bypass Eliminates Diabetes Symptoms based from “Effects of Ingestion Routes on Hormonal and Metabolic Profiles in Gastric-Bypassed Humans.” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (2013): n. pag. JCEM: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Dr. Barnes performs surgeries at several major medical centers throughout the Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano area. He has developed an obesity surgery program that uses a comprehensive approach to helping you lose weight and live healthier. In addition to offering effective surgical weight loss procedures such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass,LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and revision surgery, Dr. Barnes provides a variety of support programs, nutritional and psychological counseling sessions, and thorough follow-up care to ensure you are losing weight safely and successfully. Dr. Barnes also offers free seminars that encompass a range of topics relating to weight loss surgery and combating morbid obesity. He views the surgical weight loss process as a team effort between patient and physician, and believes education, communication, and commitment to your ultimate goals will offer you the best chance of achieving success. You will have not just a surgical procedure, but access to personalize support before your surgery and long after it.

For more information about how Dr. Barnes can help you, visit http://barnesweightlosssurgery.com or call 855.227.6371.

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Bariatric Surgical Solutions hosting seminar in Ft. Worth

When considering surgery to combat morbid obesity, you need an experienced, compassionate doctor whom you can trust to provide successful results. Dr. Barnes, a skilled bariatric surgeon serving Dallas / Fort Worth and the Arlington, Texas region, is a respected member of the medical community. He has been trained in some of the finest medical institutions in the nation. 

Dr. Gregory Barnes will be hosting a seminar at the Ft. Worth office located at 1106 Alston Avenue Suite 201 in Fort Worth, Texas June 19, at 6:00 pm. Free protein shakes will be given away during the seminar.

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Dr. Barnes performs surgeries at various locations throughout the Dallas / Plano/ Ft. Worth area. In addition, he has served as Medical Director of the Weight Loss Surgery Program at Baylor Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Gregory Barnes developed an obesity surgery program that uses a comprehensive approach to helping patients lose weight and live healthier. In addition to offering effective surgical weight loss procedures such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and revision surgery, Dr. Barnes provides a variety of support programs, nutritional and psychological counseling sessions, and thorough follow-up care to ensure you are losing weight safely and successfully.

He views the surgical weight loss process as a team effort between patient and physician, and believes education, communication, and commitment to your ultimate goals will offer you the best chance of achieving success.

For more information about Dr. Barnes and Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions visit http://www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com or contact his offices at 817.506.4360.

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